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Diffusion of an Ideology: Mosques and the spread of Islam in North America, 1920 to 2010


Geography & Planning


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the diffusion of Islam in North America through the investigation of mosque establishment from 1920 to the present. Data on mosque location and date of establishment were found on web sites that service the Muslim population. Results indicate that the establishment of mosques in North America has two peak periods: the early 1980s and the late 1990s. Mosque creation dropped off markedly after 2001. Future research will focus on type of mosque and country of origin of worshipers.

Conference Name

East Lakes Meeting of the Association of American Geographers

Conference Location

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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